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Teddy Ruxpin returns with eyes that can rend the bonds of space and time

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-9-56-29-am In this, the 3000th Year Since The Coming Of The Wanderer (All Praise His Mercy), we are greeted by the fifth Potentate, a Teddy Ruxpin with LCD eyes and iPad connectivity. Teddy Ruxpin, or, as his followers in the Cities of Refuge called him, Ted, is a robotic toy that reads to children and then flays your mind from stem to stern, stealing all hope and blasting your personality to ribbons… Read More
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John Biggs

September 30th

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Arrr! Bell & Ross releases three new nautically-themed watches

smalltourb Avast, ye hearties! Prepare for your wrists to be boarded by these massive Bell & Ross mechanical watches. B&R is most famous for the aviation-themed pieces – all of them black and square with huge readable faces and handsome straps. Now they’ve taken that same aesthetic and pushed it out to sea, creating three fascinating pieces that look like a cross between a Bioshock… Read More

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John Biggs

September 29th

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Arduino unleashes a serious Internet of Things system for hardware hackers

a4ea4d26c51eb5897fb42fbb5a9108dc_original Back in the old days hardware manufacturers felt safe in the knowledge that no mere hardware hacker could attempt to recreate their inventions. From Sony to Philips to LG to Samsung, the consumer electronics industry was locked up and no one could crack the case. Until those meddling Arduino kids came along… Now anyone can make cool hardware and, thanks to Arduino, it is easier than ever… Read More

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John Biggs

September 29th

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MB&F unveils the racing-inspired Horological Machine 8

hm8_rt_profile_hres_cmyk Long dedicated to space, spiders, and robots, MB&F has finally come back to earth with the Horological Machine 8, a new watch inspired by the silhouette of Can-Am race cars. This watch is part of the “Horological Machine” series, a set of handmade watches that look like a cross between something that belongs on a Jules Verne submarine and a piece of expensive chocolate. This… Read More

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John Biggs

September 27th

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The SMOVE stabilizes and charges your phone for steady video shoots

rwxbr1i3kzyzpdeaju72 When unmanned aerial vehicle makers and gimbal engineers get together they like to have a few beers and make something like the SMOVE. Designed to connect to a regular smartphone the SMOVE is basically a steadicam for your iOS or Android device, allowing you to take steady shots in rough conditions, follow faces in front of the camera, and even take seamless panoramas. The SMOVE team… Read More

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John Biggs

September 27th

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AirServer can now transmit your iPhone screen to your Xbox

AirServer, makers of software that essentially turns anything into an AirPlay sever, has announced the availability of AirServer for the Xbox One. That means you can transmit your AirPlay screens to your gaming console, thereby creating a black hole of Microsoft-on-Apple madness. Air Server also lets you transmit via Google Cast and Miracast. The software is available now for $9.99 and… Read More

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John Biggs

September 26th

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Stick a Raspberry Pi into a Nintendo cartridge for some retro DIY fun

m2ewntkwmdag In a particularly clever if destructive hack, a maker named Zach cleared out the guts of an NES cartridge and stuck in a Raspberry Pi Zero and an Amazon USB hub to create the ultimate retro NES emulator. It even fits back into its original sleeve for easy storage. The project is surprisingly simple. All you really need to do is crack the cartridge case and position the parts. Then… Read More

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John Biggs

September 22nd

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The JBL Reflect Aware is the first of a new crop of Lightning-only headphones

img_0538 As we hurtle noiselessly into a dystopian future, headphone makers have already started offering Lightning-only earbuds, something that should give early adopters some solace but might be a hard sell for folks with a shoebox full of tangled traditional earbuds. But the future is here and JBL Reflect Aware is the first active-noise canceling soldier in the paddle against the headphone jack.… Read More

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John Biggs

September 22nd

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Pharma hackers create a DIY EpiPen, the EpiPencil

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-11-30-06-am The EpiPen, a spring-loaded device full epinephrine, of has entered the pantheon of modern pharmaceutical chicanery of late after its maker raised its price to $600 a unit. Now, however, you can make your own EpiPencil for about $30. The EpiPencil is a project by the Four Thieves Vinegar Collective, a group of pharma hackers who are trying to loosen medicine from its arguably necessary… Read More

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John Biggs

September 21st

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Makerbot doubles-down on its sure bets, professionals and teachers

Makerbot 2015 Featured Image The promise of premium home 3D printing hasn’t panned out. Hobbyist printers are common and cheap these days – there are plenty of models at around $500, the price of a really good laser printer – but the original vision of a 3D printer on every desk didn’t quite pan out. And Makerbot learned that piece of news the hard way. When the company started it was the brand… Read More

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John Biggs

September 20th

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